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Health system settles religious discrimination suit

July 5, 2019
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OWOSSO — A mid-Michigan health care system has agreed to pay almost $75,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a job candidate who was passed over because her beliefs preclude her from getting flu shots.

The Lansing State Journal reported the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Memorial Healthcare of Owosso rescinded its job offer for a medical transcriptionist position after learning of Yvonne Bair's Christian beliefs. Court records indicated Bair believed she must use "natural methods" for health.

Memorial Healthcare President and CEO Brian Long said in a statement it resolved the lawsuit “because it was no longer worth the time, cost and energy to defend it.”

The commission argued the hospital violated the federal Civil Rights Act and discriminated against her because of her religion.

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